Kelly Herron was four miles into her 10-mile-run when she decided to take a break and use the restroom. Unfortunately, her worst nightmare came true when a man jumped out of a bathroom stall and brutally attacked her. Her attacker, 40-year-old Gary Steiner, is a known sex-offender. According to an account Herron shared with ABC news, Steiner threw her to the ground, beating her in the knees and legs. (Related: Nearly 60% of Women Experience Harrassment While Running)
Having taken self-defense classes, Herron managed to scratch and claw her attacker's face, punching and kicking till she finally manged to break free. In a recollection of the incident on Instagram, she shared a photo of her cuts and bruises along with an image of her fitness tracker's GPS going crazy from all the movement during the incident.
"My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon," Herron wrote on Instagram. "I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming ("Not today, M**F**er!"), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it."
ABC reports that Steiner is being held on $750,000 bail and is facing charges of second-degree assault and attempted rape. But Herron refuses to let her attacker's vicious acts take away from her peace of mind. "My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact," she said.